How to close a Barclays bank account

Zorica Lončar

If you have a Barclays bank account but no longer need it, or are thinking of moving to another bank, read on.

In this handy guide, we’ll show you how to close a Barclays bank account. There are a few different ways to do it and with our help, you should find it relatively quick and easy.

We’ll even throw in a handy tip for those looking for an alternative to a traditional account. The Wise multi-currency account could be a real money-saver, especially for international transactions.

But more on that later. First, let’s get that Barclays bank account closed for you.

Can I close a Barclays bank account online?

One of the fastest and most straightforward ways to close your Barclays current or savings account is online.

You’ll simply need to sign into Online Banking and send a secure message requesting that your account be closed. And for those with an Everyday Saver account, it’s possible to request closure and transfer the remaining balance out in just a few clicks¹.

You can also close an account using the Barclays mobile banking app. Simply sign into the app, then use either video banking or live chat to start the process of closing your account. The best thing about this method is that it’s available 24/7¹, so you can do it anytime.

Other ways to close a bank account with Barclays

If you don’t have access to online or mobile banking, there are other methods available for closing your Barclays current account. These include telephone banking, in branch and by post.

Telephone banking

If you’re already registered for telephone banking with Barclays, you can simply call 0345 734 5345¹ to request the closure of your account.

If you’re outside the UK, the number to call is +44 (0)247 684 2099¹.

In branch

You can also close a Barclays account in person, by visiting your local branch. Make sure you bring the debit card and cheque book for the account along with you. A form of photo ID may also be needed, such as your passport or driving licence¹.

By post

The last and slowest option is to close your Barclays account by post. You’ll need to download, print off and complete an account closure form - you can find it here.

Then, post it to the following address¹:



United Kingdom

LE87 2BB

You should also destroy the debit card and cheque book linked to the account.

How long does it take to close a Barclays bank account?

Depending on the method you use, it can take up to 5 working days² to close your account with Barclays. However, it could be quicker, especially if you do it online or via mobile banking.

How to close a Barclays business account

Here are your options for closing a business account with Barclays³:

  • By phone - if you’re registered for Telephone Banking and have another Barclays account to transfer the balance to, you can call 0345 605 2345

  • By post - you can print out a business current account closure form, complete and sign it, then post to: Barclays, Leicester, LE87 2BB

  • In branch - take your debit card, chequebook and two documents to prove your ID and address to your local Barclays branch.

Wise - a money-saving alternative to banks

Looking for a new account? A current local account is handy to have, but it isn’t always the best option for every situation.

If you send or receive money internationally, you might find traditional banks to be pretty slow and inconvenient. They could also be more expensive, charging high transfer fees and adding a mark-up to the exchange rate.

If you open a Wise multi-currency account, you can send money worldwide securely for low fees. Even better, you’ll always get the mid-market exchange rate.

From the one powerful account, you can manage and switch between 50+ currencies. You can receive money from abroad for free, and spend in the local currency (automatically converted at the fairest exchange rate) using a Wise debit card.

And there you have it - all the essential info you’ll need to close an unwanted or unused Barclays account.

If you’re moving to a new bank, remember that you can use the Current Account Switch Service to make life a little easier.

Otherwise, you can choose one of the many methods we’ve explained here to close your Barclays account. Good luck!

Sources used for this article:

  1. Barclays - how to close your bank account
  2. Barclays - account closure instructions
  3. Barclays - how to close your business account

Sources checked on 24-Jan-2022.

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